Aurelio Andreazzoli has revealed that Roma is aiming to emulate Borussia Dortmund following the Schwarzgelben's rapid rise to the upper echelons of European football.
The German side endured a period of mediocrity and financial hardship following its Bundesliga triumph in 2002 but have won two out of the last three league crowns and is on course to reach this season's Champions League final.
And according to Andreazzoli, the Giallorossi are planning to use BVB's blueprint for success in the coming years after conceding defeat in their initial project heralded by Thomas DiBenedetto's takeover in 2011.
"Our goal is to build a model, starting from the youth sector. It's true that there isn't much time, which is our worst enemy," he told reporters. "The results, unfortunately, in these two years have not helped. Though I should mention that in 2006, Borussia Dortmund had failed."
He continued to explain, "It was from that there they began to rebuild, with a coach in Klopp who was then unknown. They have put everything back on track, including their bank accounts, and they have an average of 80,000 spectators per game.
"They have been patient during these last three years. I wish that Roma are afforded the same amount of time to get the same results. Roma have gone through so many players. Dortmund are a beautiful model and I believe that the idea is to go in that direction. We hope to get there as soon as possible."
The 59-year-old then gave his opinion on forthcoming opponents Siena, as well as addressing the absences of injured duo Marquinhos and Maarten Stekelenburg and the uncertainty surrounding Pablo Osvaldo's future.
"[Pablo] Osvaldo is fine and was summoned, and I ask the fans to support him and help him do well. I am convinced that the boy will do his duty and get the fans back on his side," Andreazzoli said.
"[Regarding the injured Marquinhos], I have at least four alternative options and we worked on this in training this morning. If [Stekelenburg] does not play then I'll pick either [Bogdan] Lobont or [Mauro] Goicoechea. Is there a hierarchy? Sure, but I won't say."
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